Friday, July 25, 2008

Poetry Friday

Two Views From Shore


He wears his badges --
scraped knee,
freckled nose,
wide grin --
and pans for gold
in the thick wet sand

without unearthing
even the smallest nugget
of doubt.


He knows by now
of the structural instabilities
inherent in sandcastles,
but he builds them anyway.
Earnest engineer.
Scowling optimist.
He is undeterred by the waves.

"A vacation without a beach," he says,
"Is like a Thanksgiving
without jalapeno pretzels."

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